Category: Democratic Republic of Congo

Congolese NGOs decry mining in main refuge of ‘Africa’s unicorn’; Erikas Mwisi Kambale; Reuters

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Illegal gold-mining is destroying tracts of pristine rainforest in Congo’s Okapi Wildlife Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site meant to be a haven for the endangered mammal nicknamed Africa’s unicorn, environmental organisations warned on Tuesday.

Source: Congolese NGOs decry mining in main refuge of ‘Africa’s unicorn’

DRC: Removal of Salonga Park from World Heritage in Danger divides; Boris Ngounou; Afrik 21

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The Salonga National Park in central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been removed from UNESCO’s list of World Heritage in Danger. This is an early decision according to environmental activists, who continue to call for the cancellation of oil concessions granted in the Salonga and Virunga parks by the DRC government.

Source: DRC: Removal of Salonga Park from World Heritage in Danger divides | Afrik 21

Tourists and gorillas ‘safe’ after DRC volcano eruption; AFP

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Tourists who were near the crater the Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic Congo erupted are safe, the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) said Sunday. Nor were the rare mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park threatened by the eruption, the institute added.

Source: Tourists and gorillas ‘safe’ after DRC volcano eruption